Week of February 13 – 19, 2010

Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! One of our goals in providing this newsletter each week is to make it convenient for our readers to quickly review the excellent ETT webcasts that have been posted in the previous week (in case you missed the live session). We just provide the links and highlights in the newsletter, but if you go to the actual link you not only will be able to listen to the recording, but you can read the chat log and additional information provided by the show hosts. Often there are links shared in the chat, videos, and other resources. If you’d like to see what you’re missing if you’re not using the archives on ETT, click on this link from Teachers Teaching Teachers this week, and look at the wonderful resources they have shared about Educon 2.2 and the National Writing Project. https://edtechtalk.net/node/4681  Also many of the show hosts have created websites or Ning Networks to post additional information about their shows with an opportunity to continue the conversations. Take a look at these supplementary sites for several of the shows to get an idea of the extended learning opportunities you have, thanks to the generous volunteer efforts of the EdTechTalk show hosts! We really appreciate their "labor of love" to provide these above and beyond resources for all of us!
Conversations Blog:  http://ettconversations.blogspot.com/
Seedlings Ning Network: http://bitbybitseedlings.ning.com/
Parents as Partners Blog:  http://www.ourschool.ca/
It’s Elementary Blog: http://itselementary.edublogs.org/
Instructional Design Live Website: http://instructionaldesigning.org/
K12 Online Archives all in ONE place on EdTechTalk: https://edtechtalk.net/taxonomy/term/1974

It’s time to start thinking about how you and/or your students and communities can get involved in EarthCast 2010, an incredible project that involves many EdTechTalk community members and is facilitated by Matt Montagne and Doug Symington. Come and join us!

Learn about it: http://earthcast.posterous.com/earthcast-2010-a-global-24-hour-webcastathon-0
Blog about it ("borrow freely" from the above blog post)
Check out photos contributed for Earthcast09: http://www.flickr.com/groups/earthcast09
Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/#q.b887765.i4731643
Wallwisher http://wallwisher.com/wall/earthcast10
Posterous – http://earthcast.posterous.com/
Hashtags to post and follow comments about Earthcast10: #earthcast10, #earthday, #earthcast
Earthcast 2010 YouTube video response challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBSqUHvkgU
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earthcast
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthbridges
Preliminary Project Participation Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/earthcast2010
Participate Live on April 22nd, 2010 at http://earthbridges.net/live

The Week in Review


    On this podcast a few of us who attended Educon 2.2 reflect on our learning there. Appropriately enough, we were guided in this reflective conversation by:

    On this podcast you’ll hear what four teachers, three of us from different Writing Projects, had to say just a few days after ther conference. You’ll hear from:

    • Paul Allison, New York City Writing Project
    • Joe Conroy, NWP at Rutgers University Writing Project (Don’t miss Joe video, below.)
    • Gail Desler, Area 3 Writing Project in Northern California
    • Dolores Gende, Academic Technology Coordinator and Physics teacher from Dallas, Texas

    K12 Online Echo: Chris Walsh
    After viewing Chris Walsh’s presentation, Moogpal in Action from the 2009 K12 Online Conference, Chris elaborated on the work he is doing with free, open source tools, and how Moogpal has evolved (Moodle+Google+Drupal). During the session we watched his entire presentation and had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Chris. It looks like a very exciting possibility for schools.


Instructional-Design-Live #6 2010-02-19 Interview with Cammy Bean

This week Cammy Bean, VP of Learning Design for Kineo and ID-live co-host, discusses what e-learning means from a corporate perspective. The discussion focuses on the following issues:

  • E-learning in the corporate environment
  • How corporate and academic instructional design intersect
  • How to design effective e-learning materials
  • Skills that are expected of today’s Instructional Designers

Jeff, Dave, and John lament Jen’s continued absence while discussing Google Buzz, the Olympics, html5, and more.

Conversations #64

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, we discussed skyping in the classroom and posting student work on blogs. We discussed ways we have used skype to connect with other classrooms; reading to others, sharing via video, and more. When posting student’s work to their own blog, do they post their best or show a work in progress? (This conversation stemmed from the Feb. 11, 2010 SEEDlings show.) Does all work get published? What about the varying abilities within the class? We missed Lisa this week as she was on vacation, but she will be back next week.

Conversations #63
This week our conversation was about the EduCon experience. The Conversations crew were joined by two first time Educon attendees: Meredith Stewart from North Carolina and John Fladd from New Hampshire.


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